On Wednesday the force started towards Fort Hamby.
After crossing Cove's Gap a courier was sent back to Iredell county to request Captain Cowan to raise a company and come to their assistance; also another courier was sent to Statesville to an encampment of Federal soldiers to inform them of the condition of things and to ask their assistance.
Before reaching Moravian Falls they received a message from Wade, saying: Come on, I am looking for you; I can whip a thousand of you. him the soldiers had frequently come within six feet of him.
On the way back to Alexander county Captain Cowan, from Iredell, was met with a small body of men on their way to Fort Hamby.
Also a company of Federal troops, then stationed in Statesville, were met on their way to the fort.
They were told what had been done.
The captain ordered three cheers, which the men gave with a good will.
（Dr. W C. Green.)
The bodies of Linney and Brown were brought back home for final burial.